I recently acquired a S&W 629PC snubbie. Most of the revolvers I own have barrels that start around 6 inches so I thought I'd try a snubbie that wasn't a J-frame to shake things up. I never really thought of carrying it for self defense. I will be going to SE Utah for vacation soon and thought about taking the 629 with me to serve as my mountain gun. In the past I have carried everything from 357 to 500mag. No bears have been encountered personally but there are plenty in the area as evidenced by scat and posted warning signs. I'm trying to pack lighter than usual so I'm considering just changing out the ammo in the 629 for when I'm in civilization vs the wild. Sooo, after that long winded intro, is anyone out there carrying 44mag for self defense? What ammo are you using? Would 44 SPL be better? I'll be using Underwood Extreme Penetrators while out in the wild to help make up for the short barrel. Open to suggestions.